B.C. Green Party candidate Robert Stupka was out with his wife Camille and his supporters in Westbank on byelection day, Wednesday, mainstreeting in a bid to help get his vote out.—Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Green candidate feeling positive and confident

Robert Stupka says Kelowna West voters are looking for a “change in leadership”

Robert Stupka’s first foray into provincial politics has left him feeling extremely positive and confident of his chances in the Keowna West byelection.

The B.C. Green Party’s candidate said Wednesday he feels he “pulled out all the stops” during the campaign and succeeded in his personal goal of leading important and meaningful conversations about issues that matter.

“People seemed really receptive,” said Stupka, as he spent part of byelection day out with his wife Camille and campaign volunteers main-streeting in Westbank.

Related: The public casts ballots in Kelowna West

Heading into the campaign, the Green Party wanted to build on the momentum it established by electing three MLAs—largest number yet—in last May’s provincial election and supporting the NDP as it ousted the B.C. Liberals to take power in Victoria.

“We are having an influence on government policy,” said Stupka, adding the clear message he received on the doorsteps of the riding was voters have a desire for a change in leadership. And he feels he can bring that change.

Related: Second time around for Shelley Cook

Related: B.C. Liberal confident

Aided by several appearances in the riding by party leader Andrew Weaver, Stupka feels his campaign also benefited from the emergence of issues such as the ICBC “bombshell” it is expected to be $1.3 billion in the red this year. The Green Party blamed a large part of that loss on the former Liberal government taking money from ICBC in the past to help balance the provincial books.

Stupka said the news cast doubt on what he called a widespread belief the B.C. Liberals are good stewards of the economy.

Like other candidates, Stupka said affordability is one of the issues he heard the most about on the campaign trail.

In addition to the rising cost of buying a home in the riding, the rental vacancy rate here is one of the lowest in the country and the level of rents is continuing to climb.

Stupka said the message he received from voters during the campaign is they are tired of “big party politics.”

The polls remain open today in Kelowna West until 8 p.m. Kelownacapnews.com will have the results as soon as they are available.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.



awaters@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan Wildfires: An afternoon update on wildfires and evacuations

A Sunday afternoon look at the major wildfires impacting the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Power couple speed into top spot at L’Alpe de Grand Blanc at Big White

The professional riders have been training all year

BC Wildfire merges Mt. Eneas and Munro Lake fires

Large plume of smoke seen over the fire was a controlled event

Mediation talks break off in casino strike

Gateway and BCGEU have no new date set for mediation

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

ZONE 2: Okanagan twins bring ultimate competition to the BC Games

Brothers Connor and Holden Berrisford are each other’s main motivators

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Most Read